Spiritual Wealth and the Great Outdoors.

Each dollar bill is a building blocks needed to create financial success and the foundation of wealth.  But spiritual wealth is the source of happiness that inspires you to find your dreams and purpose in life.  Ultimate wealth is found when you combine financial success with spiritual wealth.

The sun shot yellowish-orange light rays into our bedroom window as we woke up.  A light dusting of November snow was melting off our roof, and dripping into the gutters outside our window.  My wife whispered to me as we slowly woke up and she rolled over next to me, “Let’s do something fun today.  I haven’t been feeling good about myself the last couple of weeks. Something isn’t normal.”

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Falling in Love: How to Become a 2-Person Adventure.

Amanda’s and my life changed drastically the first few months we were married in 2015.  Falling in love was the easy part.  Becoming a mutually-beneficial, two-person adventure was the hard part!   

A week after we were married, we bought our first home and moved in together. Our two different personalities crashed together, and fairly quickly, we realized that we had to learn an entire new language to happily co-exist together.  This is the story about how we did it, and our journey to find the happiness we both dream of.

We got married for the right  reasons (we thought).  But as we soon found out, married life is HARD to figure out!

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Relationship Problems: 3 Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Healthy relationships should feel like a bubbling fresh spring of water inside of us.  They should naturally fill our lives full with feelings of happiness, wealth, and fulfillment. But when we experience relationship problems, that same fresh water can feel like it’s boiling and scalding us from inside our heart, and contaminating the happiness we feel in our lives.

I’ll be honest:  It only took me 3 weeks of being married to realize why the divorce rate is so high in America.  We are all imperfect people.  Bad habits are hard to break, and forgiveness is difficult.  Realizing that we have our own flaws can be a devastating blow to our egos.  Our patience wears thin. It can feel easier to quit, than to find solutions.  But we have to remember that relationship problems are a normal part of life for all of us at some point.

Here are 3 lessons I’ve learned the hard way to improve my relationship problems:

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The Way to Wealth: The Simple Way Begins Here

I stalked through the woods as quietly as I could, and I looked for deer watching me through the tree branches.  I stepped over logs and rocks, and stopped to sense for movement deep in the brush ahead of me.  I was out deer hunting, while simultaneously trying to find my way to wealth.

I felt submerged in the overgrowth as I walked beneath the tree tops in my blaze orange hunting jacket.  Money and status didn’t mean anything this deep in nature.  The qualities that made you a wealthy and successful man out here were the quality of your thoughts running through our mind. Continue reading “The Way to Wealth: The Simple Way Begins Here”

Confronting the Dangerous Lies I Tell Myself to Fit In

The first step I took to find my real-self was going on a mission to destroy the lies I tell myself to fit in. The way to wealth is simple:  we must learn from our mistakes, put our revelations into practice, and destroy the poisonous lies we tell ourselves that lead us to become people we’re not.  

I learned a lot about myself this last weekend as I took a trip to Denver, Colorado. My goal was to become more aware of my thoughts than I’ve ever been.  This is the story of how I won against the lies I tell myself, and began to destroy them like the evil snakes that they are.

I traveled to Colorado to attend a family member’s birthday party.  I’ll be honest, seeing my family has always been one of the hardest things for me to do.  I don’t know why, but I always feel desperate to be accepted by them.  They are some of the closest people in my life; who have watched me stumble through the years to find myself; but even in our closeness, I have an internal fear of not being understood by them. Continue reading “Confronting the Dangerous Lies I Tell Myself to Fit In”

Wealthy or Rich? Is there a Difference?

There is a massive difference between being rich and being wealthy.  They are as different as living with, and without a heart.  They may look like identical experiences on a spreadsheet, or from the outside looking in, but being rich and being wealthy, are two drastically different experiences.

I can remember the moment when I first noticed the difference between the two lifestyles, and the moment I chose the goal of building wealth in my life.

I was at a Christian networking event I had been invited to.  I am a sales person in my day job, so after engaging in small talk with a few strangers and looking for business, I found a table and waited for the speaker to take the stage.

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Fighting for Your Marriage: Enjoy the Vacation Already!

My wife and I struggled fighting with each other when we first started traveling together.  We’d leave the house for a trip, and the rest of the vacation felt like a war between two strong-willed people determined to see who’s will was stronger whenever a decision had to be made.  

The trip would always feel less like a harmonious adventure, and more like a battleground to see who would win. I will tell you right now, THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO EXPERIENCE A RELAXING VACATION WITH THE PERSON YOU CARE ABOUT MOST. 

As we packed our bags and prepared for our most recent vacation together, my wife said something that actually made me stop and listen. She said: “How we choose to think, can change everything about our life.”

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